Do you find yourself not being able to drive yourself to the places that you used to? How do you navigate getting around? Are in a position where you can no longer drive because either it's the time to stop driving or because the doctor has told you that you shouldn't? Are you on too many medications that it just isn't safe to drive?

While not everyone is to that place yet, you might start to think about what happens if. The if, you can't drive, if you are on too many medications, or if you are just not able to react in time to other drivers, those 'ifs.'

So, how can you easily get around the Hudson Valley if you don't have a car or you can't drive anymore?

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While this is not what you want to think about, ask your friends, family, or neighbors. I know it's tough to ask those people closest to you, but they are the ones that you probably helped out in the past, and they more than likely would like to pay you back as well, so ask them. That is the first thing because it probably won't cost you too much money, or might only cost you a lunch.

What if you want a ride, but don't want to bother friends or family?

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If you want another option, but aren't really strong on a smartphone, or on the use of apps, then there are Dial-a-Ride services. With the Dial-a-Ride service, yes you will pay for it, but you will need to call at least 24 hours in advance, and don't expect to be the only passenger on the 'ride' or the car. So if that is an issue, then you will need to make that known when you book the appointment, expect to pay a little more for it.

Which phone app can you use to get rides in the Hudson Valley, NY?

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If you have the knowledge and the confidence of using UBER, Lyft, or another ride-sharing app, this could potentially give you the most flexibility. You will have the option of sharing the vehicle with another client, but you also can go solo.

The biggest thing about any of the services is to remember that you are at the mercy of someone else. What does that mean? You will have to allow for extra time to make sure you get to where ever you need to be on time. Have you used a successful way to get around, other than a taxi? Or public transportation? Share it with us, so we can pass that useful information on. Thank you.

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